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Continued Innovation Keeps Grand Cherokee on Top

By innovating and responding to customer desires, Jeep has kept on top of the off-road and SUV market for the past 75 years. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit delivers the ultimate in luxury and comfort while still providing the ability for a great off-road experience. The craftsmanship in the Summit is unparalleled, with tight fitting seams, extensive use of luxurious Laguna leather and a wide variety of safety and other technology features. Stop by Chapman Chrysler Jeep to see why the Summit is a cut above other four-wheel drive SUVs.

Updated Exterior Look Exudes Sophistication

With a new front fascia, black grille with chrome accents, LED fog lights and 20-inch aluminum wheels, the exterior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is as at home delivering you to a night at the opera as it is hauling your family to a mountain retreat. Add the Platinum Appearance group for another step up on the luxury ladder. Muscular wheel wells and a wide stance provide an aggressive look whether you’re ferrying the kids to school or debating on taking the easy way or the hard way on your next off-road trail.

Choose From Trio of Engines

For the most efficient driving that still comes with plenty of low-end torque, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit offers the 3.0L V6 Diesel engine that give you up to 30 mpg on the highway along with 240 horsepower. The 3.6L 24-valve gas engine comes standard on the Summit, producing 295 horsepower. If you want the roar of a HEMI, a 5.7L multi-displacement system V8 pumps out 360 horses and 390 pound-feet of torque, with a maximum towing capability of 7,400 pounds.

Interior Like Sitting in Your Home Recliner

The well-bolstered and padded seats of the new Summit will embrace you like your favorite old recliner, providing a safe and comfortable ride that helps eliminate the fatigue that can come with long drives. A leather dash, console and door panels adds to the feeling of luxury, as does the premium suede headliner. The Summit keeps the outside noise out and enhances the concert quality sound of the Harmon Kardon 19-speaker stereo by utilizing active noise cancellation in all the outside panels. A wide array of driver safety technology utilizes sensors to help avoid collisions and minimize damage and injury in the case of a wreck. See how sophisticated an SUV can be by taking a test drive in the new Summit at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

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50th Easter Jeep Safari Draws Fantasy Vehicles

Whether or not the concept vehicles Jeep provided at the 50th running of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah ever make it to an assembly line was not the point. The annual Safari is a chance for the iconic off-road automaker to stretch its creative muscle and provide some fantasy fun for journalists and enthusiasts. This year was no exception. From the Hellcat-powered Trailcat to the Tonka-inspired FC 150, the hills were alive with the sights and sounds of four wheelers pushing the limits of good sense and driver courage. “Every year the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits,” Jeep brand boss Mike Manley told “Motor Trend” magazine. “We receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback from enthusiasts. Unfortunately, you can’t buy any of the concept vehicles, but Chapman Chrysler Jeep has a complete lineup of four-wheelers designed to get you out on the open trail.

Crew Chief 715 Salutes Military

With 40-inch tires, solid steel fenders and bumpers and a look that is all business, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 is a four-door pickup truck that has a definite military flair. It pays homage to the old Kaiser M715. With a winch on both the front and rear bumpers, rock rails and Dana 60 axles, this beast is meant for the toughest trails in the world. With a 139-inch wheelbase, it is one of the longest Jeeps ever created. On the other end of that spectrum was the Jeep Shortcut, based on the old CJ-5 from the mid-20th century. Built on a Wrangler chassis, crews cut 26 inches off the length, which makes it the perfect little bug to master tight trails and switchbacks. The red on red design is offset by chrome bumpers, red wheels and giant 35-inch tires. If ever there was a toy for adults, the Jeep Shortcut is it.

Renegade Stretched into Mini Truck

Jeep designers took a new Renegade, stretched it 6 inches and replaced the back end with a pickup bed to make a sporty little off-road truck. This will undoubtedly strengthen the cries of enthusiasts for Jeep to come back with another version of their production truck. Jeep also found an old 1960 work truck and saved the body, then mated it with the chassis of a new Wrangler. The result is something they call the Jeep FC150, which was outfitted with brakes, power steering and other fun stuff that made it safe to drive. Seventeen-inch white wheels are offset by 33-inch tires. A fake bale of hay in the bed actually houses a cooler where you can keep some drinks to wet your whistle on those long trail runs.

Trailcat Houses 707-horsepower Hellcat Engine

Who needs 700 horsepower out on the trail? Who doesn’t? Jeep engineers stretched the wheelbase of a Wrangler by 12 inches to fit the Hellcat engine, which was paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Although no speed tests were run, it’s safe to say the Trailcat left all the other concept vehicles in the dust. See just how creative Jeep can be by taking a visit and inspecting the inventory at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.


Toledo Plant to Build 350,000 Wranglers a Year

Don’t be shocked if you seen a lot more Wranglers running around in the next few years. Fiat Chrysler America (FCA), the parent company of Jeep, announced that the Toledo manufacturing plant is soon to be geared solely for the production of the mighty little Jeep. A new Jeep Wrangler is set to come out in 2018, but FCA said there will be a period where the plant is making both the current and new generations of the Jeep. The Toledo plant also makes the Jeep Cherokee, but that production is expected to move to Illinois next March so the factory can focus on the Wrangler. Now with 75 years of history under its belt, the Wrangler is one of the most popular off-road vehicles of all time. Check out the inventory and take a test drive with a visit to Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

More Changes Afoot for Wrangler

The magical year appears to be 2018 when Jeep not only produces a new design for the Wrangler, but also introduces a diesel-powered model and a pickup based on the new Wrangler body. The current body style is expected to be called the “Wrangler Classic” and continue on sale for an undefined period of time. Mike Manley, head of Jeep production, says he wants to keep “supply just behind demand. We still see a strong order bank from the U.S., more demand from Europe and still some residual demand from Asia that we can’t fill.” Manley said the Wrangler “is the incarnation of the most iconic American brand in the world,” which accounts for its global popularity.

Devotees Excited About Rebirth of Wrangler Truck

There have been many different examples of a Jeep truck over the years, starting in 1947 with the Jeep Overland Truck, followed by the Gladiator in 1963 and the J2000 in 1965. The J-10 came along in 1974, followed by the CJ-10 and Comanche in the 1980s. Production of the Comanche stopped in 1992, ending the run of Jeep trucks and starting a public outcry for a new model. The 2017 Wrangler Truck promises to be a simple two-seater with a small bed that’s perfect for small utility jobs or taking a tent into some of the wildest terrain in the country.

Diesel, Hybrid Wranglers Still a Way Off

FCA says its diesel-powered Jeep Wrangler will only come on the unlimited model, potentially not until 2022. A hybrid model is planned sometime after that date, utilizing similar technology that is planned for the Ram truck. The hybrid will be a “mild hybrid,” which simply means that the electric engine will support the gas motor, but will not propel the vehicle by itself. Wrangler has plenty of great special editions for sale during Jeep’s 75th anniversary year. Check them out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

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Pacifica Replacing Town and Country

When the all-new Chrysler Pacifica replaces the Town and Country as one of the top dogs in the kingdom of minivans this spring, it will be as a reigning gas mileage champion. The new Pacifica shares the crown at 28 mpg on the highway with the Honda Odyssey, but plans are already in the works to improve on efficiency. When Chrysler adds start/stop technology later this year, expect the mileage to get even better. Check in with Chapman Chrysler Jeep to see when the first Pacificas will appear on the showroom floor.

Revamped Pentastar Engine Has Higher Compression Ratio

The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine has been a real workhorse for the Chrysler and Dodge brands. It appears in everything from Jeeps and Ram trucks to the new Chrysler Pacifica, but the next best thing in minivans benefits from a few engine tweaks. By utilizing a cooled exhaust recirculator to reduce temperatures and boosting the compression ratio, the new Pacifica has a Pentastar engine with more power than normal. Still, the engine runs on regular gas, not premium like some turbocharged engines require. “Such success brings enormous responsibility,” Bob Lee, head of engine engineering for Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) told “AutoNews.” “We focused our efforts on improving efficiency and providing greater customer satisfaction in a package that delivers superior value.”

Look for Hybrid Pacifica This Fall

Keep checking in with Chapman Chrysler Jeep for the announcement on when a new hybrid Chrysler Pacifica will appear. Slated for later this fall, it’s expected to have an all-electric range of 30 miles with an EPA estimate of 80 MPGe. The new Pacifica is also 250 pounds lighter than the latest version of the Town and Country, which adds to its impressive gas mileage total. “What we decided to do was support the structure where it needed to be reinforced and take away weight everywhere we could,” according to FCA chief minivan engineer Jessica laFond. “And then we just went after every ounce. By utilizing a combination of high strength steel, magnesium and aluminum at key locations, the engineers were able to save weight without losing any structural integrity.

New Minivan Five Years in Making

Chrysler has been working on the Pacifica for the past five years, looking to create a new minivan worthy of replacing the popular Town and Country. Along with excellent gas mileage, the Pacifica seats eight and offers features like leather and heated seats, a power liftgate and hands-free sliding doors. A panoramic sunroof and integrated vacuum cleaner help make this a minivan for the next generation.

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Holy Renegade Batman, This is not the Batmobile

Although the Jeep Renegade is quickly becoming one of the most popular off-road small SUVs on the planet, the Batmobile it isn’t. Still, the new Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition plays prominently in the new “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie. Now you can drive the same car as Batman when the Dawn of Justice Renegade shows up on the showroom floor at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. The new model is based on the upscale Latitude 4×4 and comes in either Granite Crystal or Carbon Black. It has 18-inch black wheels and a glossy black roof, and, you guessed it, a black interior with metal accents. It may not be the best vehicle for crime fighting, but it can attack a mountain trail with a vengeance.

Go Stealth Mode With Dawn of Justice Edition

With a dark exterior and dark interior, it’s easy to go all stealth mode through the night in the new Dawn of Justice Renegade. The interior features high-tech breathable cloth seats that are embroidered with the iconic Jeep seven-bar grille slot logo. Metal diamond accents on the shift knob, trim ring and door release handles create a nice contrast against the black interior. Features like dual-zone climate control, remote start and a rearview camera enhance the driving experience. A power driver seat lets you adjust your position for maximum comfort, while an optional BeatsAudio sound system provides concert quality tunes through the available UConnect 6.5 infotainment system.

Let the Sun Shine In

When you’re not battling the criminal elements and just want a cool ride on a beautiful day, the optional My Sky roof panels give you the option of letting the sun shine in. These lockable panels are easily removed and stored in the rear cargo area, letting you make a quick switch if Mother Nature decides to rear her ugly head. You want to stay in control when you’re out on the trail, so the available Selec-Terrain control system lets you choose between snow, sand, mud or rock, depending on where you decide to explore. A special combination of the Batman and Superman Logos is a badge this vehicle wears with pride, telling the world you have one of the most unique Jeeps on the planet.

TigerShark Engine Provides Power and Good Mileage

When powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, the Renegade Dawn of Justice Special edition not only delivers a peppy 180 horsepower, but also achieves 31 mpg on the highway. Team that engine up with the best-in-class 4×4 capability of a Jeep, and there are few places you won’t be able to go. Stop by Chapman Chrysler Jeep today and inquire when the Dawn of Justice edition will be available for a test drive. If you just can’t wait, check over the entire Jeep Renegade inventory and treat yourself to the newest thing in four-wheeling.